Frequently Asked Questions (COVID-19)

  • Below are some commonly asked questions regarding school closures and COVID-19. The FAQ is updated as new information is made available. 

FAQ

  • How long is the school closure expected to last?

    Posted by:

    At this time, Governor Ducey is requesting that all schools in Arizona remain closed through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Any updates regarding graduation, end-of-year procedures, grading, etc. will be sent directly to families via the district's Blackboard messaging system as well as posted on this webpage and social media. 

    Comments (-1)
  • What is the district doing for graduation?

    Posted by:

    Beginning, Monday, May 18, YUHSD will begin Class of 2020 Recognition Week. Each night one campus will showcase its Class of 2020 through a virtual ceremony on Facebook at www.facebook.com/YUHSD70. The ceremonies will also be available on YUHSD’s official YouTube channel and the school and district websites at that time. Note: viewers do not need a Facebook account to view the ceremonies. 

    Each virtual ceremony will include a message from YUHSD Superintendent Gina Thompson and the school principal, speeches from students, an individual recognition of each student in the cohort, and more. 

    Schedule

    Monday, May 18: Vista High School (5 p.m.); Gila Ridge High School (7 p.m.)

    Tuesday, May 19: San Luis High School (7 p.m.)

    Wednesday, May 20: Cibola High School (7 p.m.)

    Thursday, May 21: Kofa High School (7 p.m.)

    Friday, May 22: Yuma High School (7 p.m.)

    Comments (-1)
  • Will there be a physical, more traditional graduation ceremony?

    Posted by:

    At this time, we have not ruled out a future in-person graduation ceremony. However, at this time, due to mandated social-distancing orders we are moving forward with virtual ceremonies. If there are changes to city or state orders that would allow for us to conduct a ceremony safely, the district will work to find a suitable future date and notify all families in a timely manner.

    Comments (-1)
  • When will students receive their diplomas?

    Posted by:

    Campuses across Yuma Union High School District released the following diploma distribution plan on Monday, May 18. 

    Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020    
    Time: 4pm-7pm

    4pm-5pm Last names A-I

    5pm-6pm Last names J-R    

    6pm-7pm Last names S-Z

    Makeup Date:  Monday, June 1, 2020
    Time:  10am-12pm

    Locations:

    YHS: Bus Lane- enter 5th street

    KHS: Enter through Ave A gate (main gate) follow signs  and directions to the diploma pick area.

    VHS: Front of school, pull up to the curb.

    CHS: Enter the parking lot off of 20th St.

    SLHS: Front of Administration, pull up to the curb

    GRHS: Back Bus Lane (Desert Mesa Bus Entrance)

    Comments (-1)
  • How can students pick up their graduation regalia?

    Posted by:

    Seniors will have an opportunity to pick up any previously ordered graduation regalia beginning, Monday, May 4. The distribution plan was created by campus leaders to adhere to social distancing practices and provide the most convenient access for families to pick up their orders. It will be DRIVE-UP ONLY. 

    Dates for regalia pick up: 

    Monday, May 4: Students with last names beginning with A-F (8-11 a.m.); Students with last names beginning with G-L (1- 4 p.m.).

    Tuesday, May 5: Students with last names beginning with M-R (8-11 a.m.); Students with last names beginning with S-Z (1-4 p.m.) Note: students who miss their previous pickup date and time may pick up their orders from 1-4 p.m. on May 5.

    Comments (-1)
  • What if I want a refund for graduation regalia?

    Posted by:

    The purchase of all graduation regalia went through a third-party vendor. You would have to contact the vendor that you made the purchase from in order to inquire about a refund. Yuma, San Luis, and Cibola utilize Jostens, while Kofa, Gila Ridge, and Vista utilize Balfour.

    Comments (-1)
  • How do I get refunds for other payments such as spring athletic fees and prom?

    Posted by:

    The district is processing refunds for spring athletic fees and prom for all students. The refunds will be issued in the form of a check and mailed to families. At this time, YUHSD cannot provide a specific date when families will receive their respective refunds.  

    Comments (-1)
  • How can I pay fees?

    Posted by:

    Yuma Union High School District students who have fees due can make payments on their respective school’s web store or via check. For those unsure what fees are owed, statements are expected to be mailed to families this week. 

    Please note: YUHSD cannot accept cash payments at this time. However, convenience fees for all web store payments have been waived. 

    If paying by check, please use the following address: 

    Yuma Union High School District
    Attn: Bookstore 
    3150 S. Avenue A, Building A
    Yuma, AZ 85364

    Comments (-1)
  • How do I return uniforms or equipment for CTE or athletics?

    Posted by:

    Yuma Union High School District has put forth a plan for students to return equipment, uniforms, and various other items to their respective campuses. Below are drop off procedures, including dates, times, and locations. As a reminder, all drop offs will be DRIVE-UP ONLY. Please remain in your vehicle and have the items prepared to pass to school staff. 

    ATHLETICS

    This includes equipment and uniforms. Schools are limiting drop off to one sport per day to minimize traffic congestion. 

    May 11 Boys Track 2-4 p.m. 

    May 12 Girls Track 2-4 p.m.

    May 13 Softball 2-4 p.m.

    May 14 Baseball 2-4 p.m.

    May 15 Tennis/Cheer/Makeup Day 2-4 p.m.

    May 18 Makeup Day Spring Sports 9-11 a.m. 

    May 19 Makeup Day Spring Sports 2-4 p.m. 

    May 20 Makeup Day All Sports 9-11 a.m. 

    May 21 Makeup Day All Sports 2-4 p.m.

    CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION

    This includes CTSO jackets, shirts, and/or ties; CTE equipment that was checked out (digital cameras, etc); and CTE classroom set textbooks. 

    May 6-7
    8-11 a.m. 

    All drop off days will take place at the following campus locations: 

    Cibola: Bus lane

    Gila Ridge: Front of school in student drop off area

    Kofa: Student drop off lane

    San Luis: Bus lane (near baseball field)

    Yuma: Bus lane

    Comments (-1)
  • How do I pick up items left at campus (ceramics projects, items in locker room, etc)?

    Posted by:

    To accommodate students who need to pick up items on campus, days were organized to minimize large group gatherings and partner with other pick up and drop off days that were previously scheduled. Below is the schedule for item pick up for PE and various fine arts: 

     

    May 11                                 Seniors - A-L (1-2:30)                         1-4 p.m.

                                                 Seniors- M-Z (2:30-4) 

                                                 Band

     

    May 12                                Juniors- A-L (1-2:30)                          1-4 p.m.

                                                 Juniors- M-Z (2:30-4)

                                                 Band

     

    May 13                                Sophomores- A-L (1-2:30)                 1-4 p.m.

                                                 Sophomores- M-Z (2:30-4)

     

    May 14                                Freshmen- A-L (1-2:30)                      1-4 p.m.

                                                 Freshmen- M-Z (2:30-4)

     

    May 15                                MAKE UP ALL GRADES

                                                 Ceramic/Art/Choir pickup

     

    All drop off days will take place at the following campus locations: 

    Cibola: Bus lane

    Gila Ridge: Front of school in student drop off area

    Kofa: Student drop off lane

    San Luis: Bus lane (near baseball field)

    Yuma: Bus lane

    Comments (-1)
  • How can students pick up their yearbook?

    Posted by:

    Our schools are awaiting yearbooks from the printing companies. As of April 17, the printing companies are not in operation. Families interested in still ordering a yearbook may do so through the school’s online webstore. The district will announce future procedures for picking up ordered yearbooks once we have more information from the printers.

    Comments (-1)
  • Are YUHSD students going to receive assignments digitally during the closure?

    Posted by:

    YUHSD teachers are utilizing the Canvas Learning Management System for digital learning. Assignments and objectives are posted regularly and are related to standards that were not met in class prior to March 13, 2020. For information about how to access Canvas, click here.

    Comments (-1)
  • How will I know if my son or daughter is going to pass their classes?

    Posted by:

    Teachers are using Canvas to post resources to help their students master the standards that have not yet been met in their classes. Grades and feedback will be posted in Canvas for the remainder of the school year. Final grades will be posted in Synergy at the end of the spring semester. It is important that your son or daughter log into Canvas every day to stay up to date with their assignments. 

    Comments (-1)
  • My chromebook isn't working. What can I do?

    Posted by:

    Campus bookstore managers can provide phone support to you.  Please call your campus bookstore between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Bookstore staff will be able to help diagnose the problem and determine if the chromebook needs to be replaced. Numbers for each campuses bookstore are as follows: 

    Cibola: 502-5937

    Gila Ridge: 502-6570

    Kofa: 502-5525

    San Luis: 502-6136

    Vista: Contact main office at 502-6800

    Yuma: 502-5316

    Comments (-1)
  • Will students be allowed on campus to pick up equipment, netbooks, projects, instruments, etc?

    Posted by:

    At this time, campuses are closed to the public. If the item needed is of a critical personal nature (such as medication), students/families should contact their campus principal. 

    Comments (-1)
  • Is YUHSD nutrition services providing meals for children?

    Posted by:

    Beginning Tuesday, March 17, all Yuma Union High School District campuses will be serving “grab-and-go” meals Monday through Friday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The meals will be available at no cost to any child 18 years old or younger (no student ID will be required). Each campus will serve in the front of the school near their respective administrative office.

    Comments (-1)
  • Will YUHSD pay its faculty and staff during the closures?

    Posted by:

    Yes. The YUHSD Governing Board unanimously passed by vote a resolution on Wednesday, March 18 that will "allow employees to care for the needs of their families" by allowing Superintendent Gina Thompson to authorize regularly scheduled pay to all YUHSD employees. This includes long-term subsitutes. 

    Comments (-1)
  • Where can I get the most accurate facts and up-to-date information about COVID-19?

    Posted by:

    The Yuma County Health District is the leading authority in our area. It has local information updated daily on its website and has produced a special information sheet that has been shared with community partners and families. You may also call the department at (928) 317-4550.

    Information sheet in English

    Information sheet in Spanish

    Information is rapidly developing. You can find the most up-to-date national information about the novel coronavirus on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    Comments (-1)
  • What can we do to help prevent and respond to bullying related to the COVID-19 situation?

    Posted by:

    Some people of Chinese and Asian decent are facing stigma in their communities, regardless of whether they been exposed to COVID-19. 

    FACT: People—including those of Asian descent—who have not recently traveled to China or been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not at greater risk of acquiring and spreading COVID-19 than other Americans. 

    Speak out against negative behaviors, including negative statements on social media about groups of people, or exclusion of people, who pose no risk from regular activities.

    • If you see someone being treated unfairly, do not stay silent. 
      • If you feel comfortable, you can firmly but calmly tell the person to stop.
      • If you don’t want to talk to the person who is harassing someone, you can also focus on the individual who is being treated unfairly. Make small talk, ask them how their day is going, and ignore the person harassing them. 
      • Tips for bystanders are simple actions anyone can use.
    • If you have a child, https://stopbullying.gov/ has tools for kids with simple, specific actions kids can take to support others.
    Comments (-1)
  • What strategies can we all use to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as the flu?

    Posted by:
    • Distance yourself from others, including staying in groups of fewer than 10 people at once. 
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick, and keep sick children home as well.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze, then immediately discard any tissues.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
    • Plan for if/when community spread occurs.
    Comments (-1)